"TWEET! Recess is over, return to your classroom!"
"TWEET! Get out of the pool!"
"TWEET! Make way for ducklings!"
Maybe it was the fact that I haven't had much time to draw, or maybe it's because I just finished reading The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick and am still under the spell of those breathtakingly exquisite pencil drawings, but I was in the mood to do a simple sketch this week. This is the nickel-plated whistle that I carry to school with me when I teach. It belonged to my mother-in-law, who taught school for forty years. As I looked at my whistle, I thought of this drawing by another illustrator that did exquisite pencil work, Robert McCloskey. As a child, I adored Make Way for Ducklings, and Homer Price. I remember looking at those illustrations, and marveling that they were done with some of my favorite things...pencils and paper.
|from Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey|
|from The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick|